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Ready by 21 Gets Animated

Leaders who are working to get young people ready by 21 for college, work and life have a new way to spread the word: An animated video that explains the Ready by 21 approach and challenges viewers to fundamentally change how we guide children and youth to success.
Information Update
January 26, 2012

The video, released this week by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), “is a call to action for leaders around the country to work together better,” said Karen Pittman, CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, which manages Ready by 21. “This video delivers a powerful message about how we can help get all young people ready for college, work and life.

It does that by challenging viewers to take a whole new approach to helping youth: “What if over the course of 21 years,” it says, “all the individuals, services and systems that support youth from cradle to career worked together toward a common, big-picture goal?

By “taking the long view” in planning services, supports and opportunities, communities and states can ensure that children and youth “will be ready to succeed academically, ready for a productive career an ready to navigate life’s challenges with resilience.”

The video describes Ready by 21 as “an idea, a call to action and set of strategies,” and closes with recommendations for leaders to find out more.   

AASA produced the video through its role as a member of the Ready by 21 National Partnership. As the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders, AASA advocates for high-quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.

You can find the two-and-a-half-minute video here; or watch it below!